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Do you need a small car with a large boot? We’ve found the best cars for sale to meet all needs and budgets. 

These top five small cars are the best in their class for practicality, while their efficient petrol and diesel engines will also return 40+mpg.

From the Nissan Note to the Dacia Sandero Stepway, these are the best for luggage space with the rear seats in place. These super hatchbacks will give you the space you need to haul large suitcases and bulky bits of furniture, without making any compromises when it comes to comfort or price. Read on to find the best new and used small cars for boot space. 

Nissan Note

Year launched: 2016

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The Nissan Note is a cheap and practical small car. Prices start at under £4000 and all models provide a maximum of 411 litres of boot space. 

The rear seats in the Note are fully adjustable, which means you can slide them back to maximise passenger space or push them forwards to prioritise storage. But even with the rear seats pushed right back, you still get 325 litres of boot space - which is better than the Ford Fiesta and Dacia Sandero Stepway.

The Note isn’t available as a new car anymore in the UK - Nissan stopped selling it in 2016 - but there are lots of deals on the used market. Both the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol are efficient and smooth engines, with the former advertised with 80+mpg. 

SEAT Ibiza

Year launched: 2017

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Comfortable, practical and cheap to run, the SEAT Ibiza is one of the most rounded small cars you can buy. Despite its compact size, the Ibiza punches above its weight when it comes to space, which makes it a very usable and likeable compact hatchback. 

The Ibiza’s boot has 355-litres of boot space, which makes it extremely versatile. The seat seats can be folded and split, which means you can utilise the full load length of the car and still carry one or two passengers in the back. With both rear seats down the Ibiza has up 823 litres - more than enough to lug around bulky bits of furniture. 

On the road, the Ibiza is comfortable and easy to drive. There is lots of passenger space and the wide windscreen provides perfect all-round visibility. What’s more, powered by SEAT’s excellent turbocharged 1.0-litre engine, the Ibiza will return 50+mpg. 

Volkswagen Polo

Year launched: 2017

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The latest Volkswagen Polo is a car that we rate very highly. In fact, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say it’s the best small hatchback on sale today. It also has a huge boot, which makes it one of the most practical. 

The Polo shares its mechanical platform and engines with the Ibiza, which means you get 355 litres of storage space with the rear seats in place. Like the SEAT Ibiza, this Volkswagen has a wide and deep boot space and this makes it very practical for the day-to-day. 

The Polo might share a lot of its oil bits with the Ibiza, but it isn’t a clone. Far from it, the Polo is more refined, quieter on the motorway and better styled. You also get a colourful interior that gives the cabin a funky lift over the dull and grey design found in the SEAT. 

Honda Jazz

Year launched: 2020

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The Honda Jazz is a trendy and fun small car that majors on comfort and practicality. Officially, the Jazz has 304 litres of boot space, but its ‘magic seat’ system gives it van-like versatility when you lower the rear seats. 

If you’ve never heard of Honda’s magic seat system then let us explain:  it’s a seating system that lets you flip and fold the rear bench to utilise the entire load space of the car. Honda’s claims the Jazz will provide up to 1205 litres of luggage space, which means this little car will swallow everything from a mountain bike to garden plants.

The Jazz is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol hybrid powertrain, which means it’s cheap to run. Officially this little car will return 60+mpg, while its sprightly engine will also cover 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds, while its firm suspension will also tackle challenging roads with impressive grace.

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Year launched: 2013

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Cheap, easy to drive and wonderfully versatile, the Dacia Sandero Stepway is an easy car to recommend. Admittedly, the interior is a little cheap and cheerful, but if you want a practical and affordable small car then the Dacia is difficult to fault. 

The Sandero’s big boot is a big selling point. You’ll find 320 litres in the boot, and this can be extended to a whopping 1200 litres if you lower the rear bench. The interior might appear low rent, but the hard and scratchy plastics are tough and easy to clean. This means you can throw things in the back and feel confident that nothing will get damaged in the process. 

Behind the wheel, the Dacia is no match for its pricer rivals. The road handling will not win any Top Gear prizes, but it is comfortable and predictable to drive. There is a good choice of efficient engines, too, with petrol, diesel and LPG on offer. If you want a cheap and practical car, the Dacia will not disappoint. 

The Nissan Note has the largest boot of any small car. The Note has up to 411 litres, with the rear seats in place. The rear seats in the Note can be slide forwards and backwards to maximise storage or passenger space. With the seats pushed back, the boot offers 325-litres.

The SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo have the largest boots of any new small car. The Ibiza and Polo have 355 litres with the rear seats in place, which is 44 litres more than the Ford Fiesta and 51 litres more than the Honda Jazz.

The Honda Civic continues to be one of the most spacious medium sized cars with a hugely practical boot of 478 litres - considerably more than the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. It is bettered only by the Skoda Octavia which has a massive 590 litres.

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